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BeppuJapan

Marvel at the cherry blossom trees at the foot of a mountain and soak your feet in the public baths formed by natural hot springs.

Like a distant cinematic planet, Beppu is glazed with steaming mud pits and hot springs. Much of the city’s culture and design has grown around these thermal pools, with traditional spas and themed attractions where food is cooked by natural springs. Visit the parks and mountain trails surrounding the town and soak in the steaming spas.

For a glimpse of what the city is known for, check out some of its hot springs, which are known as the Hells of Beppu. Stroll through the pretty gardens of the Kamado Jigoku and relax by the lotus pond. See the steam rising from bubbling water in the Boiling Hell Hot Springs and the Blood Pond Hell Hot Springs, among others.

Many elegant sites have been set up to channel the supposed healing properties of these thermal waters for use in spas. Luxuriate in the hot pools of the Takegawara Onsen and get covered in sand heated by the hot springs. For a relaxing thermal water treatment, you can also try the Kannawa Onsen and the Kankaiji Onsen. Appreciate the scenic vista of the town and the green mountains rising beyond it.

Enjoy a picnic in Beppu Park, which has an observation deck atop a hill. Escape the city with a trip along the innovative Kintetsu Beppu Ropeway that rises above cherry blossom trees and provides excellent views of the city. At the upper station, hike up to the summit of Mount Tsurumi.

Just outside the city, visit Japan’s smallest fortress, Kitsuki Castle, and admire the ruins of Hiji Castle.

The city is in the northeastern corner of the Ōita Prefecture, in southwestern Japan. Drive south from Hiroshima for 190 miles (300 kilometers) to get here in about 4 hours. You can also travel to the surrounding towns by train from the Beppu railway station.

Top Hotels in Beppu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Beppu Kamenoi Hotel
Beppu Kamenoi Hotel
3.5 out of 5
5-17 Chuo, Beppu, Oita-ken
The price is $43 per night

Located in the heart of Beppu, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Takegawara Onsen and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Umitamago. Hells of Beppu and JR Oita City are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,462 reviews)

"It was close enough to the main station and bus areas, easy access to various locations around town."…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Beppu Kamenoi Hotel
Seaside Hotel Mimatu Oetei
Seaside Hotel Mimatu Oetei
3.5 out of 5
3-Chome 14-17 Kitahama, Beppu, Oita
The price is $84 per night

Situated by the ocean, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Beppu Tower and Takegawara Onsen. Umitamago is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away. Beppu Station is 10 minutes ...

4.2/5Excellent! (279 reviews)

"Roof top onsen was nice with a great view of the bay. Dinner was excellent- maybe a bit too much food for us! The last night was a little disappointing. Would think they'd give us a memorable "send off"! Breakfast was typical Japanese fare. The bathrooms in the rooms can use some updating, as well ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020

Seaside Hotel Mimatu Oetei
AMANE RESORT GAHAMA
AMANE RESORT GAHAMA
4 out of 5
5-32 Shoningahama-cho, Beppu, Oita
The price is $360 per night

Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Beppu Art Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hells of Beppu and Takegawara Onsen. Oita Fragrance Museum ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (63 reviews)

"Excellent services & excellent food quality, cannot ask for more."…"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019

AMANE RESORT GAHAMA

Popular places to visit in Beppu

Hells of Beppu
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Hells of Beppu

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Gaze at the menacing steam and bubbling mud pits around these otherworldly hot springs, where you’ll find crocodiles, steamed desserts and geyser eruptions.

Takegawara Onsen
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Takegawara Onsen

3.5/5(7 reviews)

Takegawara Onsen is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Beppu. Discover the hot springs and spas in this culturally rich area.

Kijima Kogen Park
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Kijima Kogen Park

4/5(5 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Kijima Kogen Park and see why this is a favorite amusement park in Beppu. Stroll along the seaside or discover the area's hot springs.

Beppu Tower
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Beppu Tower

4/5(12 reviews)

The third-oldest tower in Japan glows in bright colors at night, while its viewing platform offers unobstructed vistas of mountains and sea.

Beppu Art Museum
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Beppu Art Museum

Bamboo folk art, antiques and wooden tools from a bygone era stand beside the modern works of art on display in this museum.

Kintetsu Beppu Ropeway
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Kintetsu Beppu Ropeway

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Ever-changing terrain and a wide spectrum of color unfold beneath you, as this aerial lift takes you to a leafy mountain peak.

Top things to do in Beppu

Fukuoka to Oita: Dazaifu, Yufuin & Beppu Hell Tour
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Fukuoka to Oita: Dazaifu, Yufuin & Beppu Hell Tour

$98
Per adult
Kyushu Line3 : Dazaifu+Yufuin+Beppu HotSpring
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Kyushu Line3 : Dazaifu+Yufuin+Beppu HotSpring

$54
Per adult
Kyushu Line1 : Yufuin+Kurokawa Hot spring
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Kyushu Line1 : Yufuin+Kurokawa Hot spring

$54
Per adult
Making a Yufuin orgel
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Making a Yufuin orgel

$39
Per adult
PREMIUM Course : Kimono Rental, Makeup & HANANINGEN Flower Hairdo Photoshoot
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PREMIUM Course : Kimono Rental, Makeup & HANANINGEN Flower Hairdo Photoshoot

$235
Per adult
The Essential Beppu Tour for small groups
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The Essential Beppu Tour for small groups

$58
Per adult

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